One of the greatest benefits of the digital age is our increased ability to work from home. Thanks to high-speed Internet and the rise of smartphones, it’s possible to do all sorts of jobs without leaving the house, and as Essence Gant writes in an informative piece for Black Enterprise, that’s a boon for family-oriented women who want to earn some cash while making sure they’re around to care for their little ones around the clock. Read on to get Gant’s picks for “6 Perfect Work-From-Home Jobs for Family-Focused Women,” and if you’re an ambitious mom with any of the requisite skills, consider looking into one of these gigs in 2015.
1. Tech Advisor — It doesn’t matter how far technology progresses; people will always need helping working their new widgets and devices. Hence the job security associated with the customer-service industry, which employs a large number of over-the-phone tech advisors able to work remotely. If you’re bilingual, Gant points out, you stand to make even more money.
2. Party Planner — A great choice for creative, detail-oriented moms, party planning doesn’t require 40 hours a week, and it can earn you pretty good money. BankRate.com gives the example of Terri Reynolds, who spends 6.5 hours a day planning pirate- and fairy-tale-themed parties for kids. According to Reynolds, most women in the field make $35K a year, with plenty of room for pulling down even more.
3. Caretaker — From 2008 to 2018, the demand for daytime child-care services is expected to jump by 15 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Factor in elderly adults also in need of monitoring, and there are lots of opportunities for stay-at-home moms to earn money caring for others. As Gant points out, however, some background checks and licensing might be required.
4. CEO/Executive Director — Nowadays, even the higher-ups often works from home, and that’s especially true at companies like Digital Toolbox. There, Gant reports, the entire staff — CEO included — works from home, and 60 percent of the employees are moms.
5. Seamstress — Women who can sew have the luxury of working as much or as little as they want, and they can choose between making full designs for clients and simply doing alterations. As Gant points out, seamstresses can add extra income by making Halloween costumes for parents of other children, as well as stage clothes for school theater groups.
6. “Task Rabbit” — What, you ask, is a “task rabbit?” She (or he) is someone who picks up odd jobs on the website TaskRabbit.com. It’s not a bad gig for those who are willing and able to hit the grocery store at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday and buy a stranger some eggs. “Jobs can be very simple and completed while your child is napping, or while you’re out and about running your own errands,” Gant writes.